Zsuzsi Page, United Kingdom
Zsuzsi Page is a cultural professional with an MA in International Relations. Over the past 7 years she has worked in Reading, demonstrating arts link with economic growth, creating community and a sense of place. In all of the programmes that she has curated as well as all festivals that she has run, Zsuzsi Page has integrated the belief that in the power of art to unite, promote change and discussion and bring communities together.
An integral part of any programme that she curates is an international element. She works closely with artists across the world, not only inviting them to perform in her town but also to create relationships with the artists that call Reading their home. This has promoted great friendships and incredible artist outputs, but also great understanding and an opportunity to discuss differences, and more importantly, celebrate similarities.
Zsuzsi Page ran the Reading Year of Culture in 2016, started Reading Thames Festival in 2017, created the Festive Season programme and has been running the Reading Fringe Festival for the past 7 years. Previous to the her seven years of working in Reading, she worked in China and America on art projects, working on the First Shanghai Pride and celebrating LGBTQ work in America. Producing a number of plays that encouraged people to discuss difficult topics on one hand and then be wildly entertained on the other. Bringing Panto to Shanghai for the first time in the city's history and producing Corpus Christi in Bible Belt America.